Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva serves as associate executive director with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Under the oversight of experienced professionals like Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva, the AAP seeks to advance the situation of pediatric practitioners and patients across the country through advocacy and education.
One major component of AAP’s advocacy work focuses on poverty, and particularly on its effects on medical care access for young people and their families. This element of AAP advocacy crosses many areas, including public assistance, housing aid, and education.
The AAP supports the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, both of which significantly reduce the impact of family poverty. It also supports public health assistance through nutrition aid, such as free or reduced-cost school lunches and general food aid.
Other AAP early childhood initiatives focus on access to child care and early childhood education. These programs help families escape poverty and in turn avoid the negative health outcomes associated with poverty. Programs like Head Start and state child care assistance programs are a priority for the AAP.